Arsenal team news: Coquelin returns just in time for Gunners with Arteta and Flamini out

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The Frenchman's return is fortuitous for Arsenal, with both of his understudies ruled out of tomorrow's Champions League clash against Olympiacos

Francis Coquelin’s return from a knee injury, as confirmed on the club's website, looks to have come at the perfect time for Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini both ruled out of tomorrow’s game against Olympiacos.

The young Frenchman has picked up where he left off last season with a string of impressive performances anchoring the Gunners midfield this term.

But he was forced off during the side’s 2-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month, sending the collective blood pressure of Arsenal fans through the roof.

Neither Arteta nor Flamini have managed to convince that they can adequately fill in for the 24-year-old – despite the latter’s match-winning performance against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup last week during which he bagged both goals.

But with both now suffering minor setbacks following Saturday’s 5-2 victory against Leicester City, Arsene Wenger will be pleased that he has his main defensive midfielder available for what is a must-win Champions League game.

Beyond this position, the Arsenal boss said in his press conference today that he expects to have no new injuries ahead of tomorrow evening’s clash.

Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck remain on the long-term injured list for the Gunners.

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